For nonprofit organizations, there are two primary types of boards: governing boards and advisory boards.
In order to incorporate, all nonprofit organizations must have a governing board of directors who are legally and financially responsible for the organization. For your project (and all projects), the Community Partners Board of Directors serves as the legal governing board.
Although it is not a legal governing board, your advisory board plays a critical role in your project. Advisory board responsibilities typically include: determining broad goals and policies, assisting with fundraising, overseeing financial management, serving as ambassadors to partners and the community, and monitoring and evaluating the performance of the project and the Project Leader. If the Project Leader retires or leaves their position, the advisory board selects a new Project Leader (subject to Community Partners approval).
Members of your advisory board are volunteers. They do not assume liability for legal and fiscal oversight.
For more information on recruiting advisory board members and maintaining your advisory board, please download the attached advisory board handbook. The handbook includes explanations, templates, and materials to assist you in all aspects of working with your advisory board.